I am very much fascinated with old places and structures that has historical or cultural significance, from heritage towns, old churches, colonial houses, to lighthouses. You’ll surely be captivated by their old world charm. Upon watching Kara David’s i-Witness documentary tracing some of the bridges built during the Spanish occupation period, I instantly fell in love with these structures and felt the urge to visit them. I already visited Puente del Capricho or Tulay Pigue found in Majayjay, Laguna few years ago, which has a very interesting story. But what I considered the climax of this Spanish bridge journey is my visit to the longest and one of the oldest bridges built in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era – the Puente de Malagonlong found in Tayabas, Quezon Province.
With the growing number of restaurants and the attention this emerging food destination is getting, Malabon City is definitely the next big thing on Metro Manila’s culinary scene. With its mixture of traditional and modern cookery, from the all-time favorites Pancit Malabon, Crispy Pata, Pichi-Pichi and Sapin-Sapin, to the recently added food fusions, foreign cuisine, pastries, and various beverages, Malabon is gradually building its reputation as a foodie haven.
Stories about mambabarang or mangkukulam, kapre, aswang, black spells and the likes are almost always associated with the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Siquijor. I have no idea how these stories originated but let us explore one of these provinces and will try to unravel the secrets of the Island Province of Siquijor.
The mystic island was once part of its neighboring province, Negros Oriental, and is considered the third smallest province in the country in terms of population, next to Camiguin and Batanes. Originally, my plan was to stay overnight but because of the odd stories I encountered while planning my itinerary, I opted to do a day tour instead. It is still better to be safe than sorry. And besides, the whole island can be toured in a day.
Prior to my actual visit, I already booked the services of one of the best, if not the best, tour guide in Siquijor, Kuya Joel Aso. This man really is a true son of Siquijor, not just because he was born and raised there but because of his advocacies and mindset. During the tour, I felt his sincerity and how passionate he is with his vision for the province. Aside from being a tour guide, he also sells products from organic peanuts and coconut sugar which also help his fellow Siquijodnons by providing work.
Now back to the adventure, I booked the first trip from Dumaguete City to Siquijor via a ferry. Usually, the earliest trip is at around 5:30 in the morning but since it was a Saturday, the earliest is at nine in the morning. Almost two hours after sailing, I finally had my first glimpse of this enchanting haven.